It's no secret that I'm a huge Kate Hepburn fan. She's my second favorite actress ever, just behind Ingrid Bergman and Lauren Bacall, who are tied for my number one spot. Today, May 12, would have been her 104th birthday, and in tribute, I'm going to write about my five favorite films/performances of hers and why I love them. Although, I won't be going into plot details (since I'm obviously no good at that).
These are in no particular order- just listed chronologically by year.
Stage Door (1937)
It's actually kind of unusual for me to pick a Katharine Hepburn film from the 1930s as one of my favorites. I do like some of her earlier films, but I've always preferred her films from the fifties and the sixties (as you will see farther into this post) since I think her acting was more mature and so much stronger. I think Stage Door, however, is one of the best dramas to come out of the thirties- it's no Gone With the Wind, obviously, but it does have great potential and wonderful acting from Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, and Lucille Ball.
Adam's Rib (1949)
Adam's Rib is one of my two favorite Tracy/Hepburn films (I'll be writing on my other favorite later in this post). It's honestly one of the most hilarious films I've ever seen. Tracy and Hepburn had stellar chemistry, and this film really shows how well they did together. I've always loved Hepburn's strong, feminist performance. She also has several great scenes with Judy Holliday (in the role that helped land her the lead role in Born Yesterday). This film is a delight, and definitely an all-time favorite for me.
The African Queen (1951)
If I had to pick only two or three of Katharine Hepburn's films to be my favorites (which would be very hard, mind you), The African Queen would definitely be one of them. I just love her performance, and I think she was marvelous alongside Humphrey Bogart (who I have a huge liking for, if it's no already obvious).
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)
The Lion In Winter (1968)